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Comment Re:cult of mac (Score 4, Interesting) 168

I don't know, man. I wasn't a Mac person back when I finally grew tired of all the hacky mp3 player solutions out there, and paid $500 for an iPod that I was HOPING I could make work with my PC back before iTunes was running on Windows. The iPod's form factor and ease of use just ended up making it the best product for me -- enough so that I shoehorned it into a Macless ecosystem and accepted the challenges inherent within.

Comment Re:Minivans are terrible for the environment (Score 3, Informative) 44

In fact, if you look at the article, and then watch the video, and then wait about a minute, you'll see the minivans they show are all plug-in electrics. (This isn't a "why the hell won't people read the article?" complaint -- it takes way too much time to figure this out. The only reason I bothered is because my spouse is deeply interested in having the Pacifica electric minivan as their next car, so I'm an interested party)

Comment Re:People go to movies? (Score 1) 142

I have a decent-sized living room; but it's also got pretty big windows facing a valley, so darkness is a pretty hard thing to accomplish.

Also? Kids. I've got a 22 month old kid at home. I can either wait until he's asleep (at which point I can't have the sound at a level commensurate with moviegoing experience) or do it when he's awake, at which point, of course, we're limited to what's appropriate for 22 month old kids.

It's far simpler to hire a babysitter and go on a date with my spouse to the movies.

Comment Re:So Apple needs to patch Safari (Score 1) 212

I don't think so. Low-enough USB-C chargers don't register as actually charging the laptop (so for example, trying my 3A USB-C charger for my phone made the computer claimed it wasn't connected to a power source). But you can charge from the iPad USB charger and -- while still losing charge -- lose it pretty slowly.

Comment Re:Better Idea (Score 2) 105

Actually, Netflix doesn't have to get permissions to distribute those discs. Doctrine of First Sale says that as soon as Netflix bought them, they could start renting them out. Netflix has made deals with studios for those DVDs, most of the time, because they could then get those DVDs for less than they would at, say, Best Buy, but that's because the studios know they can't actually stop this, so the terms were vastly better than in the streaming world.

Comment Re:No principles. (Score 5, Funny) 600

It's interesting to me that in response to a relatively conciliatory "measure the policies, not the man" post on my part, you're choosing to find some other approach to find a fight where none exists.

You want to talk about HRC's "super-predators" comment? Yeah, let's talk about that. I have a Black son. I hate that she made that comment, and I hate that she never even bothered to apologize for it. I found HRC, on a personal level, totally odious. I've said so to other Liberal friends (I do still consider myself a pretty ardent Liberal). And I voted for Sanders, and would have happily voted for him in the General Elections if I had a choice.

And it's also worth noting that HRC's super-predator comment was made 20 years ago. You can find odious things she's done from this decade :).

As for Bannon being racist or not ... man, I don't think there's going to be any way to talk about this that will convince you, because you'll find reasons to discount any evidence I throw at you. I think that if Bannon were to personally lynch some Jews you'd probably argue that it wasn't that he hates Jews, it's just that those guys happened to have ripped him off. But here's a link for other people who are interested in making up their own mind:

http://www.motherjones.com/kev...

(Yes, that's his ex-wife talking, so obviously she's biased; and yes, that's Mother Jones, which is obviously biased. You'll be able to discount anyone who disagrees with you as obviously biased. Enjoy your bubble).

Comment Re:No principles. (Score 5, Insightful) 600

I don't know, man. Personally, I absolutely detest Trump and I think that at a social level he's pretty bad for us. Opinions will, of course differ. But I thought the TPP was a terrible deal for the US and that the Democrats pushing it (hello Obama and "I was against it after I was for it" Clinton) were working primarily in the interests of the moneyed elites. Trump's made a bunch of decision since being elected that I don't like (e.g. Bannon, and having his kids in heads-of-state meetings), but him coming out against TPP? Yeah, that's a good one. I appreciate and support that. It's easy, I think, for us to become so partisan that literally everything the other side does is obviously evil. We saw that, I'd argue, with the Republicans and Obama. We can do better than that. I will support and applaud actions that Trump takes that are good, and fight aggressively against the other ones.

Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 5, Insightful) 275

I've seen no evidence that China is incapable of producing high-quality stuff. Thing is, US companies going to China for manufacturing aren't deciding to go to China because the US can't build stuff that's high quality enough -- they're going there to save money. So they go to China and ask for the cheapest something can be manufactured and they get ... the cheapest manufactured stuff. If those companies -- really, the people who own the quality of the products they're selling -- didn't like the quality of the product, they'd either negotiate better quality (and higher price) with their Chinese manufacturers or they'd move their manufacturing to someone who can do a better job. They don't. Why? Because that's exactly how they like it.

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